INSECURITY: NSHA TO REVIEW VIGILANTE LAW, TO BEAR ARMS

Niger states House Assembly to review laws establishing the vigilante group to be properly armed to protect lives and property, summons security chiefs to appear for questioning.

Niger House of Assembly says it will take measures to review the law establishing the vigilante group to be properly armed to defend lives and property across communities.

the resolution came after a motion on Matters of Public Importance was presented by the Member Representing Paikoro Constituency Hon. Suleiman Gambo Rabi’u calling on the state Commissioner of Police to appear before the house on the recent attacks on twelve villages in Paikoro.

Gambo decried the recent attacks on communities in Paikoro local government that led to the loss of eleven lives, several others kidnapped as worrisome, adding that a pastor was kidnapped and later released after negotiation and delivery of 20 litres of petrol while others were still in captivity.

He said the bandits numbering over 200 attacked villages such as Gwajau, Sikiti, Kudami, Zonkolo, Abolo, Amale and neighboring communities with sophisticated weapons.

Gambo added that the state capital was barely 20 minutes from Paikoro, stressing on the need for security agencies to be up and doing in the discharge of their duties.

He further said that during the attacks, several calls were made to the state commissioner of police, but there was no responses or rescue from the Niger state police command.

He said the response came from Kaduna state command policemen who were on ground and immediately attacked and disbanded the bandits.

In his contribution, Malik Madaki, member representing Bosso, described the security situation in the state as alarming and disturbing adding that similar attacks were carried out in communities less than a kilometer away from the state capital.

Speaker of the House Abdullahi Bawa Wuse while reading the resolutions of the house, said the Secretary to the State Government, Special Advisers on Security Matters and the Commissioner for Local Government are to be invited to the executive session to discuss security issues.

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